In the early 1970’s there was no place like South Africa for steam buffs. From Australia, Us, Uk Germany and anywhere steam was in its last stages of operation, they came to Johanessburg, Capetown, Port Elizabeth and Durban with the hope of working on a steam railway in its heyday, or to photograph in the spectacular scenery this country has to offer.
Natal was the land of the Garratt, with GF, GCA and GMAM classes smoking through the Zulu huts in any combination. It all ended late 1974, but the sights and sounds we will never forget.
In Where There’s Smoke, we had limited space in the 160 pages, so shot selection was savage. You should see the material that didn’t make it! Anyone who visited this part of the world will have memories flooding back then they see this section of the book.
Then there was the Western Cape. With Table Mountain and Sir Lowry’s Pass it offered a legion of photographic opportunities.
North of Capetown, a not so often visited line wound its way towards Namibia, terminating at Bitterfontein. After an 11 course Christmas lunch behind a 25 class on the Drakensburg Express, a few of us ventured up there at the end of 1975.
We could go on and on about the section depicting the best of South Africa so lets end with probably the most well known spot in the country.
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